Dryvember Day Two: Nice Day For A Walk

As I enter into the evening of Dryvember Day Two, I wanted to say that I am feeling pretty good. I had trouble sleeping last. Whether that was due to the lack of alcohol or just my normal insomnia, I don’t know. Regardless, I fell asleep late and woke up early. But, even though I felt sleepy, I wasn’t hungover. I didn’t feel bad, and that felt great.

This is not some huge revelation: of course hangovers don’t feel good, and of course you don’t get them if you don’t drink. Still, it was nice not to start a Saturday that way.

Instead of lamenting my choices from the previous night and battling a headache, I drank some coffee. And basked in the feeling of sobriety. Then I watched the San Jose Sharks play a great game and still lose. They’re just not getting any luck this year. I am happy to report that even this loss did not make me want to renege on my Dryvember day two progress. Another small victory for the list.

After the game, I needed something to do. First, I thought about writing. I have a short story I need to write for an upcoming competition. Also, I am working on a short film script for another competition. Wait, there’s more: I’m writing some comic scripts for open submissions. Plus, I still have to watch and review the final episode of Creepshow. I plan on doing the latter. The point here, is that I have plenty of things to keep me occupied and away from the sauce. Oh, and I really need to clean my apartment because it’s filthy and driving me crazy. If anything makes me want to drink, it’s that.

Instead I went for a three hour walk.

Dryvember Day Two Saw Me Wander Around Jinan

I knew I had things to write. But, I also knew that I wasn’t in the right mindset for it. It’s not so much that I wasn’t in the mood as I didn’t have the focus for it. Sure, I probably could have typed my way into focus, the click clacking of the keys guiding me toward the path. But, it was a nice day and it’s supposed to get real cold here real soon. I figured I’d enjoy the sun while I could. Besides, my knees been hurting a lot, and today it wasn’t. Another reason to get out and move around.

I ended up walking to a store that sells foreign goods. While there I got some good cheddar (difficult to find here in China), some herbal tea, and some soda. All of it overpriced, but whatever. I’m not spending money on booze this month, so I may as well find my indulgences elsewhere.

On my way to the shop, I saw this building, which tickled me so much I had to take a picture. I don’t know why I find it funny, but it probably has something to do with the juxtaposition of the words. Mutton Soup, Print Shop, Cigarettes and Wine, Pork Chops and Rice. It’s all so eclectic. Add to it what you can’t see, a clothing shop, and a fruit store, and it’s got nearly everything you need. Ha ha.

The image shows the side of a building in Jinan where I spent Dryvember Day Two walking around.

I’m home now, drinking some water and contemplating what to eat for dinner. I have some frozen dumplings to steam, and some fresh veggies. Sounds like a nice light meal. That about does it for my Dryvember day two. Thanks for reading.

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3 thoughts on “Dryvember Day Two: Nice Day For A Walk”

  1. Great and positive reading, dude!
    Dryvember seems like an awesome thing to me. Since I’ve almost quit drinking alcohol (more or less no pubs and getting-shitfaced weekends, just some wine or something fancy on the rocks 😀 at home on occasion), I know exactly how you feel. Keep going, man!

    1. Thanks, Georgie. I don’t know how things will look after Dryvember, but for now, I’m going with it. and yeah, pubs are fun, but age catches up. Ha ha.

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